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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 97

    EUSEBIUS Caesariensis (ca 260-ca 340). Chronicon. Translated from Greek into Latin by St. Jerome, with continuations by Prosper Aquitanus (to 448), Matthaeus Palmerius Florentinus (to 1448), and Matthaeus Palmerius Pisanus (to 1481). Edited by Johannes Lucilius Santritter. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 13 September 1483.

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    EUSEBIUS Caesariensis (ca 260-ca 340). Chronicon. Translated from Greek into Latin by St. Jerome, with continuations by Prosper Aquitanus (to 448), Matthaeus Palmerius Florentinus (to 1448), and Matthaeus Palmerius Pisanus (to 1481). Edited by Johannes Lucilius Santritter. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 13 September 1483.

    Median 4o (230 x 170 mm). Collation: \Kp\k12 a-v8 x10 (\Kp\k1 blank, \Kp\k2r table, \Kp\k12r 6-line address to the reader, \Kp\k12v-a1 blank, a2r text, x9v verses to the reader, colophon, x10 blank). 179 leaves (of 182, lacking blanks). 34 and 42 lines, those pages with 42 lines in double column. Printed in red and black. White-on-black initials in four sizes. Type: 6:76G, 8:91R. (Some dampstaining, light worming at beginning.) 19th century vellum. Provenance: Otto F. Ege (1888-1951), dean of the Cleveland Institute of Art (bookplate); Harold Douthit (bookplate).

    Second edition, the first with the continuation to 1481 by Matteo Palmieri of Pisa. Among the recent notable events included in Palmieri's continuation of Eusebius's chronological history are the invention of printing by Gutenberg (1457) and the life of Regiomontanus, many of whose works were printed by Ratdolt. BSB-Ink. E-109; HC 6717; BMC V, 287; GW 9433; Goff E-117.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Harold K. Douthit